At work I was at the recieving end of a presentation from some high powered hyena's, er management consultants, the other day.
Bespoke pinstripes, siver hair, french cuffs, hard eyes and gold watches. All sharp - the full rag.
When it came time for them to take notes, out came the Miesterstuck's, the Montegrappa's and the Starwalkers. My much used daily Parker 51 was noted.
It's clear to me that an expensive pen is part of the uniform for 'Masters of the Management Universe'. An important guy only deals with important issues. An expensive writing instrument is required. A cheap rollerball just won't do.
How does that place those of us in the office that enjoy the feel of nib on good paper - pretentious?
Does a fountain pen have a certain element of over dress in the office?